A Cosmopolitan Responsibility: Sociologically Approaching the Institutionalisation of Human Rights
Sociologists have made several attempts to explain the globalisation of Human Rights and introduce a related idea of morality. This paper argues that these approaches often have shortcomings which are not only self-defeating sociologically but neglect the need to find a distinctive sociological contribution to the interdisciplinary understanding of the subject. It is argued that in re-establishing a link with its heritage of societal concern and recommendation, a sociological approach can be founded which engages more actively in providing solutions to these societal violations and helps to facilitate the increasing institutionalisation of Human Rights. A cosmopolitan approach superseding the current essentially nation-state view of responsibility for violation is argued as necessary in this process. A study of Turkey’s contemporary Human Rights problems in relation to the Armenian question illustrates the argument.
Keywords: Human Rights
PhD Student, Sociology Department, Leicester University